about phillip

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Phillip P. Nikolis

attorney at law  •  pn@pnlaws.com

PHILLIP NIKOLIS graduated from New York University in 1979 with a dual major in Political Science and Art History. After graduation he worked in advertising for a year before deciding to attend law school. In 1983 Mr. Nikolis graduated from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago where he was Exchequer of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity of the John Paul Stevens Inn.

After law school Mr. Nikolis worked as staff counsel at an insurance company where after 11 months he was senior counsel. He then became an associate at a national insurance defense law firm eventually becoming part of the trial team at the firm. Unsatisfied with denying injury victims their just compensation, Mr. Nikolis became an associate at one of New York’s premier plaintiff’s personal injury law firms. After just a few years Mr. Nikolis became a partner at that firm trying cases throughout the metropolitan area on behalf of the injured.

In 1999 Mr. Nikolis joined Leonard Pugatch (they had worked together and remained colleagues since the 1980's) and moved his practice to Long Island. Since then Mr. Nikolis and Mr. Pugatch have worked closely on a variety of cases: Personal Injury, Commercial Disputes, Banking and Lender Disputes, and other practice areas.

Mr. Nikolis has successfully represented and tried cases on behalf of injured clients throughout New York State, from Riverhead to Rochester. Mr. Nikolis has successfully argued appeals in the First, Second and Fourth Departments of the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

In his spare time Mr. Nikolis enjoys travel, gardening, and photography.


1979 New York University:
Political Science & Art History

1983 The John Marshall Law School Chicago, Illinois

1985: National Institute of
Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

New York State Courts

United States District Court
(Eastern District of New York)

United States District Court
(Southern District of New York)


New York State Bar Association
Y2K Conference; Toronto, Canada

New York State
Trial Lawyers Association:

Law Firm Technology

New York State
Trial Lawyers Association:

Discovery Practice